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2023/06/27      |  Written By:  Warrant Officer J Swartbooi   |   Province:  Western Cape

WESTERN CAPE: 26 JUNE 2023 - Criminals in the Western Cape can run but cannot hide for long as police officers will make sure that they are brought before a court of law. Operation Shanela, known for high density operations, ensured that a total of 3008 suspects were arrested and detained for various criminal offences between the period of 2023-06-19 until 2023-06-25.

The members as part of the integrated operations were tasked to focus on offenders of serious and violent crimes.  As a result of the operations, 18 suspects were arrested for murder, 22 for attempted murder, 23 for robbery, and 25 for common robbery. Many others were arrested for crimes comprising business robbery, assault and other crimes.

In other high density operations such as roadblocks, stop and search operations, and vehicle check points, 17 suspects were arrested when they were found in possession of unlicensed and prohibited firearms and ammunition and  91 suspects for domestic violence related actions.

Seizures from the same operation were as follows:


  • Liquor: 300 litres
  • Ammunition:  8311 rounds
  • Dangerous weapons: 192
  • Drugs seized : 1382 mandrax tablets, heroine 103 and ecstasy 58.

The high density operations focusses on combatting crime throughout the Province to address the generators of serious and violent crimes such as alcohol, drugs, and the possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition without a valid license.